News from the Library of Congress

March 2019

February 2019

  • February 27, 2019  (19-022)
    Law Library of Congress and European Parliament Library Sign Agreement The Law Library of Congress and the European Parliament Library have agreed to form a formal relationship to exchange and share information and best practices to better serve library users. A memorandum of understanding was signed Feb. 21 at the Library of Congress by Law Librarian of Congress and Acting Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services Jane Sánchez and Secretary General of the...
    • Date: 2019-02-27
  • February 25, 2019  (19-008)
    Women's History Month Events at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress will host several events throughout March that celebrate the contributions of women to American history and culture. All of the following events are free and open to the public.“Performing Black Womanhood” Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. Hispanic Reading Room (LJ-240), Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C “Performing Black Womanhood” celebrates the intellectual and artistic lives of women...
    • Date: 2019-02-25
  • February 22, 2019  (19-020)
    Library to Explore Pressing Environmental Issues in a Program Honoring Annie Proulx, Winner of the Prize for American Fiction The Library of Congress will honor the lifetime achievement of novelist Annie Proulx, winner of the Library’s Prize for American Fiction, in a program titled “Climate Change, Nature and the Writer’s Eye.” The discussion on March 20 will explore the role of writers and the intersection between literature and the environment.Proulx is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News,” the renowned...
    • Date: 2019-02-22
  • February 21, 2019  (19-021S)
    El productor internacional Emilio Estefan conversará con la Bibliotecaria del Congreso en un evento especial La Bibliotecaria del Congreso de Estados Unidos Carla Hayden participará el lunes, 11 de marzo en un conversatorio con Emilio Estefan, reconocido productor musical de origen cubano y recipiente del Premio Gershwin, sobre la industria de la música, su carrera como empresario y su apoyo a nuevos talentos.La actividad se llevará a cabo en el auditorio Coolidge, del edificio Thomas Jefferson de la Biblioteca...
    • Date: 2019-02-21
  • February 21, 2019  (19-021)
    GRAMMY Award-Winning Superstar and Gershwin Prize Recipient Emilio Estefan "In Conversation with Librarian of Congress," March 11 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will host a conversation with world-renowned music, television and film producer Emilio Estefan on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.The conversation is being presented as part of the Library’s 2019 initiative Explore America’s Changemakers. You can follow and join in on...
    • Date: 2019-02-21
  • February 14, 2019  (19-019)
    American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Preserve 50 Years of Sesame Street for Posterity As Sesame Street begins to mark its 50th anniversary, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation, has announced that Sesame Workshop has donated a collection of digitized episodes from the past 50 years of Sesame Street, to be preserved for posterity. Over the next year, nearly 4,500 episodes from the first 49...
    • Date: 2019-02-14
  • February 11, 2019  (19-017)
    Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge and Interim Copyright Royalty Judge Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced her selection of Judge Jesse Feder as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Feder will be replacing Chief Judge Suzanne Barnett who, having served in the position since 2012, will retire from federal service effective February 16."I am pleased to appoint Judge Feder to this important position,” Hayden said. “We...
    • Date: 2019-02-11
  • February 11, 2019  (19-012)
    Library to Host Cherry Blossom Festival Events In honor of the annual celebration of Japan’s 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees, the Library of Congress announced that it will host two cultural events during the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival, the nation’s most celebrated springtime festivity. Japanese Culture Day will kick off the Library’s daylong celebration on Saturday, March 23, with a trove of family activities, including music, dancing, lectures and...
    • Date: 2019-02-11
  • February 6, 2019  (19-016)
    Veterans History Project Launches New Online Exhibit on the GI Bill The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched, “The GI Bill: 75 Years of Opportunity,” an online “Experiencing War” website feature that explores the impact of the GI Bill on 15 veterans interviewed for the VHP collection.The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, signed into law on June 22, 1944, and colloquially known as the GI Bill, was a landmark piece of legislation...
    • Date: 2019-02-06
  • February 6, 2019  (19-015)
    Library of Congress Opens Applications for Librarians-in-Residence Program The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its Librarians-in-Residence program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections. The application period is January 23 to February 22, 2019. The Library will select up to six applicants for a six-month residency beginning in July 2019. The program is open to...
    • Date: 2019-02-06
  • February 4, 2019  (19-011)
    Library Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Library of Congress announced today that it has received a $540,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to evaluate the physical health of the national collection of books in American research libraries and to guide their archive retention and preservation decisions. Since there currently is no objective formula to assess the condition of millions of books in the custody of the nation’s...
    • Date: 2019-02-04

January 2019

  • January 31, 2019  (19-013)
    New Exhibition "Art in Action" Examines Socially-Engaged Art A new exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” pairs original drawings by editorial cartoonist Herblock with historical and contemporary artists’ prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the present day. “Art in Action” opens at the Library of Congress on Jan. 31.As a political cartoonist for The Washington Post and other...
    • Date: 2019-01-31
  • January 29, 2019  (19-009)
    Semi-Annual Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents Day Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Presidents Day holiday, Monday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2019-01-29
  • January 28, 2019  (19-007)
    Theatrical Readings and Panel Discussions Among Highlights of African-American History Month The Library of Congress will host several events throughout February that celebrate African Americans and their contributions to the fabric of American culture and history. All of the following events are free and open to the public.“Conversation on the Omar Ibn Said Collection at the Library of Congress”Tuesday, February 5; 10 a.m.LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, In celebration of the...
    • Date: 2019-01-28
  • January 25, 2019  (19-010)
    Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court Fellows Annual Lecture The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.The conversation will be moderated by the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, chief judge of the U.S. Court of...
    • Date: 2019-01-25
  • January 22, 2019  (19-006)
    Spring Is Coming: Symposiums and Celebrations Highlight the Library's Event Calendar This spring, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the public events calendar. Events will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540) or the James Madison Memorial Building (101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540). Please note that...
    • Date: 2019-01-22
  • January 16, 2019  (19-005)
    Public Radio Broadcast of 'The Slowdown' Launched A new radio edition of the celebrated poetry podcast “The Slowdown” is now available to public radio listeners in several regions across the country.Hosted by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and produced by American Public Media, “The Slowdown” has been bringing the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as a weekday podcast since its launch in November 2018. The radio feature...
    • Date: 2019-01-16
  • January 15, 2019  (19-004)
    Unique Slave Autobiography Written in Arabic in the U.S. Goes Online at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress has acquired and made available online the Omar Ibn Said Collection, which includes the only known extant narrative written in Arabic by an enslaved person in the United States. In 1831, Omar Ibn Said, a wealthy and highly educated man who was captured in West Africa and brought to the United States as a slave, wrote a 15-page autobiography describing...
    • Date: 2019-01-15
  • January 10, 2019  (19-002)
    2019 Exhibitions and Programs Explore America's Changemakers The Library of Congress will launch a yearlong initiative in 2019 inviting visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers with a series of exhibitions, events and programs. Major exhibitions drawing from the Library’s collections will be focused on important figures in women’s history and the fight for suffrage, Rosa Parks’ groundbreaking role in the civil rights movement and artists’ responses to major issues of the day.Additional...
    • Date: 2019-01-10
  • January 10, 2019  (19-001)
    The Public Domain: Celebrating the Lifecycle of Copyright For the first time in 20 years, creative works entered the public domain in the United States on Jan. 1, 2019. To mark this occasion, the United States Copyright Office will host the Copyright Matters event “The Public Domain: Celebrating the Lifecycle of Copyright” on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.What:...
    • Date: 2019-01-10
  • January 9, 2019  (19-003)
    Library of Congress to Accept Applications for 2019 Literacy Awards Beginning Jan. 14 Applications will be accepted for the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards beginning Jan. 14, and the deadline for applications is March 8. The awards are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.The Literacy Awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein, were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in...
    • Date: 2019-01-09

December 2018

  • December 18, 2018  (18-A10)
    Holiday Schedule Dec. 2018 – Jan. 2019 The Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill for FY19 was passed and signed into law earlier this year. With the following holiday-related exceptions, the Library of Congress is operating under standard hours:Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be CLOSED to the public.Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions,...
    • Date: 2018-12-18
  • December 17, 2018  (18-148)
    Kluge Center Symposium Marks Centennial of Paris Peace Conference On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will host a panel discussion to mark the 100th anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference, “The United States and the World: Legacies of the Paris Peace Conference.” The symposium will be held at 3 p.m. in room LJ-119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington,...
    • Date: 2018-12-17
  • December 13, 2018  (18-146)
    Library Opens Nominations for Outstanding Libraries, Librarians and Library Technicians To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, businesses, researchers, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) in the Library of Congress has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship in fiscal year 2018.The award winners will be honored for their contributions to federal library...
    • Date: 2018-12-13
  • December 12, 2018  (18-144)
    National Film Registry Turns 30 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Paul Newman’s unforgettable “Hud” to the opulent musical “My Fair Lady”...
    • Date: 2018-12-12
  • December 11, 2018  (18-147)
    Library of Congress Seeks Applicants for Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2019 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. This is a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the work done at the largest library in the world.From exploring new ways to support digital scholars, developing new preservation techniques and curating historical materials to making veterans histories more accessible, the 2019...
    • Date: 2018-12-11
  • December 7, 2018  (18-145)
    Library Announces Grant for Research Using World's Largest Map Collection The John W. Kluge Center and the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society at the Library of Congress invite qualified scholars to apply for a grant to conduct research for two months at the Kluge Center using the Geography and Map Division’s collections and resources.The Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship will award $11,500 to selected scholars with the possibility of an additional $2,000 as an...
    • Date: 2018-12-07
  • December 3, 2018  (18-A09)
    Library of Congress Closed December 5 In observance of the national day of mourning honoring former President George H.W. Bush Wednesday, December 5, all Library buildings will be CLOSED and all public events and services are canceled.The Library will resume normal operations Thursday, December 6.
    • Date: 2018-12-03

November 2018

  • November 29, 2018  (18-A08)
    Jefferson Building Closed December 19 On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, the Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed for a special event.Additionally, the West Main doors, West basement (carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will close to the general public. Researchers with Library-issued credentials may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms as they...
    • Date: 2018-11-29
  • November 29, 2018  (18-141)
    Library Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired the original manuscripts documenting the work of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. An important star in the jazz firmament, Strayhorn was the source of much of the sound of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He worked with Ellington for nearly 30 years, writing or collaborating on more than 200 tunes and arrangements for the...
    • Date: 2018-11-29
  • November 28, 2018  (18-140S)
    La Universidad de Puerto Rico abrirá el primer Centro para el Libro en la Isla afiliado a la Biblioteca del Congreso de EE.UU. La Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información y la Biblioteca de Ciencias Bibliotecarias e Informática de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), en colaboración con la Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos, establecerán el primer Centro para el Libro en la Isla a principios del año 2019. Este constituirá el centro número 53 afiliado a la Biblioteca del Congreso y se...
    • Date: 2018-11-28
  • November 28, 2018  (18-140)
    University of Puerto Rico to Establish First Puerto Rico Center for the Book as 53rd Affiliate of Library of Congress The University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Information Sciences and the Library Sciences and Informatics Library will establish the first Puerto Rico Center for the Book in 2019 as the 53rd affiliate center of the Library of Congress, the two institutions announced today. The Library’s Center for the Book is a network of U.S. sites promoting an interest in reading and literacy.The newest...
    • Date: 2018-11-28
  • November 21, 2018  (18-142)
    Statement from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on the Passing of 13th Librarian of Congress James H. Billington “Our hearts are heavy as we learn of the passing of Dr. James Billington, the 13th Librarian of Congress,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said. “Dr. Billington has left an indelible legacy on the institution he led passionately for 28 years. With his vigor for philanthropy and tireless efforts to expand the reach and impact of the Library, he achieved so much to advance...
    • Date: 2018-11-21
  • November 16, 2018  (18-139)
    Library of Congress Writing Contest for Young Readers Across the Country Announced Letters About Literature, the Library of Congress reading-and-writing contest now in its 26th year, is accepting applications beginning Nov. 1 for the 2018-19 cycle. For the first time, letters will be submitted electronically. For more information about the contest, including instructions for entering and deadlines for each state, visit read.gov/letters.Letters About Literature asks students in grades 4-12 to read a book, poem, speech or...
    • Date: 2018-11-16
  • November 13, 2018  (18-A07)
    Jefferson Building Early Closure November 15 Due to a special event on Thursday, November 15, the Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will close at 3 p.m. Additionally, the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will close to the general public. Also, the Library's Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson...
    • Date: 2018-11-13
  • November 13, 2018  (18-138)
    155th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address at the Library of Congress On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Library of Congress will recognize the 155th anniversary of this historic speech with a one-day celebration, including work stations for a hands-on experience transcribing Lincoln documents using the Library’s new crowdsourcing tool.Visitors will have the opportunity to view the earliest known draft of the Gettysburg Address and participate in a...
    • Date: 2018-11-13
  • November 13, 2018  (18-135)
    Veterans History Project Launches New Online Exhibit on Vietnam War Photography The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched “Personal Snapshots: Picturing the Vietnam War,” an online “Experiencing War” website feature highlighting 12 collections that document veterans’ wartime experiences. In addition to oral histories and written correspondence, the collections include candid, amateur photographs.Taken either for posterity or as keepsakes for loved ones on the home front, the images range from serene to silly...
    • Date: 2018-11-13
  • November 7, 2018  (18-137)
    Winter Is Coming: Library Events Nov. 2018–Jan. 2019 This holiday season, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the newly-designed public events calendar. Headlining the fall/winter line-up are two events to spread awareness of digital tools that can be used analyze and simplify the information and data available here at the Library.On Nov....
    • Date: 2018-11-07